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AD says UNC will respond to NCAA by July

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham is hopeful the school is finally near the end of its long-running academic fraud scandal.

The school is a month away from its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA's latest Notice of Allegations (NOA), which outlined five serious charges that include lack of institutional control. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cunningham said UNC will meet that deadline - there had previously been an eight-month hiccup in the process - in a case that hung over a strong 2015-16 sports season.

"I think we have positive momentum going," Cunningham said. "I think we have more confidence. I think our campus community has healed and is continuing to heal. . I think there's also some anxiety about what the future holds, but I don't think it's nearly as acute as it was 24 or 48 months ago."

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